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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Postgraduate Certificate ( 4 months Full-time )

Overview

Global ecological change is occurring at a rapid rate and we are seeing an unprecedented spread of diseases, collapses in biodiversity and disruption to ecosystems. We aim to understand not just patterns in the natural environment, but the ecological and evolutionary factors that drive them, from the behaviour of individual organisms to population- and whole-community dynamics.

You will study the concepts and theory that will help you understand factors underpinning global ecology and evolutionary change, including modern techniques for environmental process research, invasive species ecology and conservation genetics.  Students also learn techniques important for environmental policy and management. If you take the Postgraduate Certificate rather than the MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, you will take four taught modules (15 credits each) over one term.

By choosing to study at a Russell Group university you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research. You can find out more about our research interests and view recent publications on the School of Biological and Chemical Science's Evolution and Genetics group page.

Informal enquiries 

If you have questions about this programme which you would like to put to Dr Christophe Eizaguirre, MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Programme Director, please contact:

Tel: +44(0)207 882 6982
Email: c.eizaguirre@qmul.ac.uk

 

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Structure

Students studying on the PG Certificate will take four taught modules (15 credits each).

Modules which we will typically offer are:

  • Ecological Theory and Applications
  • Ecosystem Structure and Function
  • Statistics and Bioinformatics
  • Research Frontiers in Evolutionary
  • Science, Policy and Management

For more information on the modules available please contact the Programme Director Dr Christophe Eizaguirre:

Emailc.eizaguirre@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject, such as ecology, environmental science, biology or zoology.

Applicants with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology programme combines traditional lectures and practicals with a diverse range of learning formats. Group work, student presentations and open discussion/debate are an integral part of the programme, giving you the chance to develop communication and team-working skills. We take pride in cultivating a close-knit and friendly working relationship between academics and students on this programme.  You will benefit from small group teaching, normally no more than 15 students in each seminar, allowing for a more intensive learning experience and increased interaction.

Teaching and assessment

You will take four taught modules, which will be assessed through a mixture of reports, essays, practicals, presentations and multiple choice questions.

Your taught modules take place in blocks of two weeks of full-time teaching (normally 9am-5pm), followed by weeklong study breaks for independent learning and coursework. Most modules are taught through lectures during the morning, with practicals, seminars, discussion groups and workshops taking place in the afternoon.

The PGCert in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology does not include a dissertation and individual research project, unlike our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MSc.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £3,150

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £6,500

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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